Volume 95, Issue 6

Tuesday, September 11, 2001
 
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SPORTS

The Great Escape

Sundays were meant for church? Not anymore...

Time to kiss ma, pa, the dog and sports goodbye

Soccer kicks off season

Sporting adventures

2001 Western Football Schedule

Soccer kicks off season

Lady Mustangs sweep competition

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff


Sometimes it's best to use your head.

This is exactly what Western Mustangs' soccer player Julie Jansen did late in the Mustangs 1-0 exhibition victory over the York Yeowomen Saturday afternoon at J.W. Little Stadium.

As the seconds ticked down on a deadlocked match, Jansen timed a corner-kick head-in perfectly, sealing the deal for the lady Mustangs.

The game was played tight throughout, with both teams desperately seeking the elusive goal. Western coach Peter Campbell said he was only pleased with the final minutes of the game.

The Mustangs had quite the strenuous weekend, defeating the Fanshawe Falcons the night before 5-0. The plethora of activity didn't seem to affect the team and team captain and defender Stacey Judd said she was extremely pleased with the teams' performance.

"I was very pleased with the way the team played today." Judd said. "The first half wasn't as aggressive as we would like, but the second half we came out a lot harder, we started winning more balls and we ended up with the win."

Gazette File Photo
MOMENTS BEFORE OUR PHOTOGRAPHER WAS HIT WITH A SOCCER BALL. One of our ladies in purple tees off to give the ball a well deserved boot out of the Mustangs' defense zone.


The Mustangs are attempting to reverse the fortunes of a disastrous 2000 season in which they finished at the bottom of the barrel in the West division. With a 3-5-2 record, the only place to go is up. He said he expects big things this year and this optimism isn't just illusions of grandeur.

"I think our team will be challenging for the championship," Russell said. "We have people who are competitive, smart, fast and have a lot of skill."

The loss of West Division all-star forward Amme Harding will leave a gaping hole, but with captains Judd and defender Jody Patterson igniting the squad, all arrows point up.

Judd said the team has many goals this season.

"We just want to go in hard every game and play our best," Judd said. "We obviously want to win every game and make it to nationals again."

According to York head coach Shane Altenstad, the Mustangs' good fortune on Saturday may have been the case of a few missing women. "Our two captains didn't make the trip and a number of players were injured that are normally starters. I didn't field my best lineup by about five or six players."

The Yeowomen come from a drastically different realm than the Mustangs. They were the first place finisher in the Central-North Division with an almost perfect 9-0-1 record. They have two all-star defenders in Ciara Gaizutis and Diane Morgan and they will not be satisfied with anything less than the best.

"Last year we were ranked number one in Canada for the majority of the season," Altenstad said. "At the end of the day, we are going to have a stronger team this year as opposed to last year. Therefore our expectations are extremely high."

With the game played in scorching heat and as only an exhibition skirmish, the intensity would presumably be lacking. This could not be further from the truth. Just ask defender Lena Hesselmans, who was violently smacked upside the head in the first half, as well as involved in a number of body-banging incidents.

But it was the inner drive and intelligent use of the head which brought the Mustangs to victory in this one. Judd explained it best. "This team's got a lot of heart."


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